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My husband and I are both home full-time now so we've been working on our shopping habits (nobody likes to throw food away). Although we both like fresh food, sometimes we still get carried away in the produce department. Finally learned to purchase mainly produce that has a lengthy shelf life and is multi-purpose.

Store brand coleslaw mix: stir-fry's, coleslaw, soup (and it lasts a good two weeks)
Store brand spinach: salad, soup, cooked as a veggie
Mushrooms: kept in a brown bag in the fridge--even if they don't get used for a while, they just start to dry out. They're still usable, just a slightly more intense mushroom flavor--great for cooking.
Green onions: rinsed, patted dry, and rolled in a layer in paper towel, they'll last almost a month
Watermelon: eat fresh, freeze cut up for snacks (eat frozen)

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Wanted to say I discovered celery, after zipping it in a food processor, worked right well as an addition to homemade salsa. It added a bit of chew, like minced onion.

At our local Super Target, I've been finding good luck with the meat department putting $4 - $5 off stickers on some items like roasts and tenderloin, especially when there are different sized packages of the same item. For example, a 1.5lb roast selling for $5.49 on sale, with a $4 off coupon. Of course, there were larger pork roasts but all of them had $4 coupon. That is the kind of Math I like.

Chow, for now.
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For Christmas my niece and nephew gave me an herb keeper.

If I buy grocery bunches fresh herb, the herb keeper keeps them fresh for 3-4 weeks. Since I cook for only one most of the time, this is a price saver!

Already have had success with storing fresh curly and flatleaf parsley, thyme and since last week my cilantro is still perky!

Herb keepers can be purchased Home Goods Store.

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reads like a side dish for Super Bowl Sunday Buffet!

thank you for the idea Mary Lou

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Found one:

Learn how to make Bacon Wilted Lettuce salad using healthy ingredients.

Submitted by wrainer

Makes 1 serving

Leaf lettuce with hot vinegar and bacon mixed into it

Recipe Ingredients for Bacon Wilted Lettuce salad

3 cups lettuce
1/5 cup vinegar
3/10 bacon
1/10 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar

Recipe Directions for Bacon Wilted Lettuce salad

1..clean fresh leaf lettuce

2.dice and fry bacon, save bacon grease

3.mix hot bacon grease with vinegar

4.prepare lettuce in large bowl layer the lettuce with salt, pepper and sugar as you fill the bowl

5.pour the bacon vinegar mix over the lettuce and mix

I admit I am confused by the 3/10 bacon?? 3/10 of one slice??? Can't be 3/10 of one lb. and how in the world are you to measure 3/10? A shade over a fourth? A shade under a third?
Large or small piece of bacon? Thick or thin sliced? Regular flavor or maple-flavored?
OK....I quit. I am guessing about a third of regular sliced bacon.

If anyone tries this before I do, please let me know.
My curiosity is peaked!!

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I just remembered; she called it "wilted lettuce".
Going to google it now. Need to know the calories and fat content.

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A window ledge, perhaps? Need a narrow planter. You might even consider lining an empty Velveeta box with 2 or 3 layers of foil and put I a couple of inches of potting soil. Then close the curtains, if using the cheese box as rather unsightly. But I'm sure you can find a container that is long and narrow. Worth a try; onions are not all that cheap and it is nice to have them handy. I don't guarantee how well they would grow indoors, however, not ever having tried that. I am sure they would need a window that got sun at least part of the day.
I like trying unusual things. I bought a package of lettuce seed to plant in a container on the patio; I know it likes cool weather (at least I do remember it gets bitter when the temps get up high) so I will plant in March or April.........any sooner and little seedlings would get frozen, I'm afraid. I remember my mom's fresh lettuce fixed in a skillet with bacon grease and vinegar; forget what she called it, but it shouldn't be too fattening if you go easy on the bacon fat. If I remember right, she might have put in some chopped green onion? And a pinch of sugar? I think I will have to experiment. Bet I could find some recipes by googling. Mom is long gone, so can't ask her.

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Peedle--Planting onions like that sounds like a great idea! I don't think I will get any outdoor space to grow plants in my new apt. emoticon

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I like to cook big suppers on Sundays and eat the leftovers during the week when DH and I are working.

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Has anyone tried this?

I bought a small bundle of green onions from grocery store and as I used them, I cut about one to two inches above the roots; used the edible portion and planted the root sections in a pot on the patio........they grew and as the onions got big enough, I could gut them off about one inch above soil level and they continue to grow. A continuous source of green onions, unless you eat a lot of them; in which case, plant two or three containers.

Try it and let us know how it works for you.

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Yes, cooking with fresh celery does add wonderful flavor to any dish. When
I was young, my mother would cut the root stalk from celery - make 7-8" stalks,
and store open in the refrigerator. These would last at least a week and a half.
Whole Foods Market sells single celery stalks in produce section..

Myself, I buy stop & shop diced celery & onion (about 12 oz) for $1.99. This stays
fresh in the fridge about a week. I can add to about 3 different dishes.

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I did that with green onions and celery. The celery actually did start to grow but it took a very long time. The onions grow very quickly.

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Heyas Mary Lou, I have been cutting the celery bottom, and for those stalks I don't use I've been putting in a vase and changing the water every 2-3 days. I've had luck just trimming to about an inch above the white section of green onions--using the tops-bottoms placed very shallow clean water changed every 2-3 days as well. The green onions will grow. The celery just stays hydrated.

Don't forget to put the tops of celery into your salad or soups. It is super-rich with nutrients.

Ciao for now.
May for forks be with you all.
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Since it is hard for one (or two) to use up a stalk of celery, or a head of cabbage, I find I can eat what I want and cut up the remainder, simmer it in water quite a while and make vegetable broth for the next time I make veggie soup. I have been wasting a good part of the celery I buy, since I can't (don't) use much of it just for one person. And they sell vegetable broth, so why not make my own? I boiled it down to concentrate it, then froze it. I do make a large pot of veg/beef soup when I make it, which is only when my sister comes, as she likes it and I send some home with her. I know you can freeze it, but somehow I don't care much for it after it is frozen; it seems to make the veggies too soft.
Maybe next time I make it, I will put some in freezer containers before it is finished cooking and maybe that will take care of that problem.
Has anyone else noticed this: and if so, do you have any other solution??

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I've found that some of the store coupons on products of a local store are fantastic, and end up walking there every other day or so looking while buying a couple of items. It helps not to have to carry a lot each trip.

Yesterday I found a 2-lb hickory smoked ham with a $4 off coupon. That meant $1.99 a lb. Woohoo. That's our target price for buying meat items, btw. I like the ideas I'm reading in this thread. Thank you.

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I have been making weekly menus for the past 11 years. Anything that is left over is turned in to my lunch for the next day. I have been able to cut down a lot on waste.

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Ann,
I do the same; no savings if you have to pitch some of it. Don't have a yard or garden, so can't even put it in a compost pile. Need to show some constraint when I shop.

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ANN478

I have to concentrate more on FRESHNESS, tend to buy bulk sales to save money.

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Hello, ANNMH130

I also cook for one. I shop every other day for freshness and only what I can consume for 2 days. Mainly because my s x s fridge/freezer died.

I opted for a smaller single fridge with a freezer below. I don't miss the large s x s fridge freezer it was just a place to store unknown foods which often I forgot what was in the freezer. I would end up throwing food out because couldn't remember how long something was frozen. Just a waste of monies!

I do live walking distance to grocery store, I bought a personal shopping cart. This way I plop the store shopping basket in my cart. Once a week I walk to the farmer's market, uae my personal shopping cart to fill with foods. It's a win, win situation. Get in extra exercise for the 1.5 miles there and home again!

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Green drink..... liquid salad blended in our vita-mix with every green and frozen Pinnapple

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A half pound of string green beans is an adequate side for two
people. I clean them in salt water, slice into 1- 1.5" pieces and
boil in water. I add chopped shallots, mushrooms sometimes
wax beans or cubed carrots. When green color cooks to darker
shade, I add a few tablespoons tomato sauce then cook until
just a sauce consistency with beans.

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Oh, I love cole slaw!

Do you prefer the kind with mayo or the kind with vinegar and oil? I love both but generally make vinegar and oil slaw at home and save the other kind for special occasions and eating out.

I also buy the broccoli slaw and make it with vinegar and oil. Good stuff.

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My wife n I have recently got a craving for cole slaw so we have been indulging in it!

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I still overbuy, and am trying to get a handle on it, it is so hard to cook for one without tons of leftovers whether it be the meal itself or the part containers of ingredients you need to use to cut recipes down.

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Believe in yourself

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I was overbuying for one before I joined this forum..tossing at least one item
end of every week.

Finally I have shopping for one down and I use all purchases each week!
Thank you cooking for one or two!

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My husband and I have begun to eat more cabbage too. I'll have to buy some soon. Have a good cabbage and noodle recipe to try (but that recipe isn't too low on the carb scale).

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Looks like a lot of great Ideas for shopping for 2 in here!

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Both of these dishes with cabbage sound delicious as I love cabbage. When I am shopping this week I will buy a cabbage and try them.

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I made cabbage boats the other night. It was really good. I happened to have Napa cabbage in the house. I used a couple of the center leaves. They kind of make a little dish. I put a layer of onion, peppers, fish and then onions and peppers again. I drizzled a little lemon juice on it and added some salt and pepper and garlic. Then I put the other leaf over top to help hold in the moisture. I covered the dish and baked for about 30 min. I think this would be really good simmered in some canned tomatoes, too.

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I'm into cabbage these days. Lots of varieties and lots of different ways of cooking it ...so I don't feel like I'm eating the same food 7 days a week. I make a simple version of mild kimchi, which is meant to last for a few weeks. I love to do a quick sauté with bok choy, love the stem end in a stir fry...and the leaves are great for adding to soups or eating like sautéed spinach. And I enjoy the speed at which something like savoy cabbage cooks up.

Because I eat a lot of cabbage instead of starch... I cut back a lot on my calories. It's inexpensive...it has a long life in the fridge...and it cooks fast. All good

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I've enjoyed shopping for Roma tomatoes, when on sale, for use in salsa, spaghetti sauce, etc. They freeze well; just place uncovered single layer to freeze, then place in bag or box to store in freezer. Hmm mmmm.

emoticon did you know tomatoes were called "love apples"? La Pomme D'Amour

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I am so, so grateful that Market Basket is up and running again. Fits my budget perfectly and what a fantastic produce department!! emoticon

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Good bargain!

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the closest drug store expanded and now has quite a bit of food, no fresh fruit or veggies but almost everything else. They have clearance deals and I check weekly or so. Two bags of grocs for $15 yesterday!

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That won't help me-I'm in central Indiana. I wish they hadn't stopped carrying it. But thanks for your reply!

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I doubt if they have those brands here

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I got mine at Ingels; I am in East Tennessee


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I like the Green Mountain whipped cream cheese, but the store that carried it, does no longer. Where did you get it?

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I'm hungry, and everything here looks good


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I found the Green Mountain brand whipped cream cheese and Greek yogurt blueberry today and love love love it. I always look for blueberry anything LOL Really good on my Laura Lynn graham crackers.

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I found Laura Lynn store brand (from Ingels) graham crackers. They have less sugar than the regular ones. They reminds me of animal crackers. but just a little sweeter. I eat graham crackers with peanut butter and a glass of milk often for a snack and love this. They are not with the brand name crackers but in the cookie section next to them. Very happy that someone decided not to buy them and left them in the wrong place. Now I look for them. I didn't know about them before because I do not look at the cookies and hurry right by them. LOL

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emoticon had a birthday party for my cat that is 20 years. Had cake and ice cream and 8 other cat mommies in attendance. Gave the leftovers away to my skinny friend.

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Lemons
Cut vegetable tray: broccoli, carrots, grape tomatoes, snap peas
Cut fruit bowl: melons, pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes, blueberries
Lasts me one week for snacking, smoothies, cooking

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We have a place near me that is called Valley Produce. Was there last week, 50 cents for a large stack of celery, Asian pears for 50 cent a pound, red onions 3 pounds for .99 and bananas for 99cents for 3 pounds. a lot of great bargains. I hate it when there are sales on items I can't freeze. I did freeze a few of the bananas for smoothies.


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I am out of my homegrown chicken now, so I have been looking in the grocery, about every other week I have noticed that chicken is on sale, last week it was chicken thighs and legs for 99 cents a lb, I bought a family pack and boned out and took the skin off 4 thighs to use 2 for making a leaner chicken cacciatore, one thigh for each serving, used two to marinade in the ginger maranade here on SP which I will grill this week and saved the trimmings in the soup bag in the freezer. The rest of the thighs I put in individual bags for later use so I can pick out one or two as needed. Two weeks before it was boneless skinless chicken breasts on sale for $1.99, I got a family pack of these too and froze several and used some for chicken salad, grilling, and some new recipes I found. Chicken is a good cheap protein that can be fixed such a variety of ways that you will never tire of it. Eggs are also a excellent cheap protein, and the possibilities are endless, boiled, scrambled, quiche, omelets, french toast, just to name a few. Now that summer is coming up farmers markets may offer you a cheaper alternative to buying fresh produce in the store, and if you live somewhere you can plant a garden it is even cheaper and a better quality then in the store. I lived in an apartment for a while with no garden but planted containers with cherry tomatoes, cukes, peppers, lettuce and herbs, it was a tasty summer!

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I'm diabetic and have very limited money. I shop the sales and I cook. I can not afford to go out to eat. Once you get into the habit of planning and looking at all the sale papers it will get easier. Not enjoyable but, easier. For instance Shopper's Food Warehouse has cherries on sale for $2.88 a lb. My local market has them $4.99 a lb. I also freeze alot. It has really helped me when like right now I have $42 to last me until July 9th. I have to get gas so the stuff I put in the freezer will help me get through most of the next week or so. I may be able to get a little side work in to get my through. Good luck, you can do it!

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6/24/14 8:54 A

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Shopping small home markets, road side stands or Farmer's markets for single person
weekly fruits and vegetables. Usually is cheaper than supermarket or department foodstore market.

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hi my name is Sarah and the reason im on here is because me and my bf are on a budget and im diabetic and need to lose weight and eat more protein and iron.any tips on how to shop healthy and stay on a budget with little cooking?

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great idea ANNMH130. I plan on making my turkey chilli this weekend and freeze some. I am starting to get use to healthy cooking for one on a budget.!!!!!

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cooking cabbage today

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Go Lady Sherry! One pound packages of ground meat - I do one of two things:

1) Add bread crumbs and herbs - 5-6 individual burgers that can be frozen for single entries
2) Cook tomato meat sauce, cool and freeze 3-4 ounce portions to heat up as spaghetti
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The last 3-4 yrs my roommate has done all the cooking. I had not lost any weight. Not his fault. I wasn't tracking and exercising. I have now taken control. As far as meats I but in bulk, cook it and freeze it after I have weighed it. I wrap it up in the portions and put them in a big freezer bag. I label them. Fresh stuff I buy every week. Now that Spring is here I use a farm near buy. This year I plan on buying baskets of the fruit when I can and freeze them. Money is a big issue. week and next week I am grateful I have things put up. I love soup so., I make a big pot and freeze it.

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I do a lot of the freezing and re using them as well

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Wow. Sounds great

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I don't go grocery shopping often, in the winter mostly to get fresh veggies, in the summer just to get staples like flour and baking needs. I usually put meat in the freezer in the fall, last fall I put a side of pork, a hind quarter of beef and a lamb. In the summer I usually do chickens, 15 to 20 of them and cut them up in meal sized portions which is very convenient. Last summer I put a lot of berries in the freezer, 9 gallons of raspberries, 6 gallons of blueberries, 5 gallons of blackberries, 3 gallons of elderberries, and one gallon each of gooseberries and currents. It has been great to go to the freezer and grab a cup of berries, I hope this year has a good berry season! Getting ready to prepare my garden for planting now, looking forward to home grown veggies again!

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There was a time in my life where I had to set on a bar stool to do a lot. I had stress fractures in both heel and bone spurs were growing and lots of Pain. I just did what I could and that stool was a lifesaver. Now years later I still have the stool only I use it as a plant stand for a spider plant. One day I may need it again.

I have to go right by a small neighborhood Groc. store on the way home each day. I will run in an grab any fresh veggie that looks good if I need something for supper. Mainly I running in for broccoli or potatoes. They are also the best place in town to buy meat. They have a butcher and do most of their meat fresh. I get my Bone/Skinless chick at Walmart because it is much cheaper. But the Veggie section of our walmart is not so great.

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Farmers Market will be opening soon so I can get fresh stuff and hopefully fresh plain goat cheese.

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Here in San Antonio I have found that the local market, La Michoacana, has a meat market where I can just buy a 1/2pound if I wish, and they have a fair selection of fruit and veggies. The walk there and back has been helpful also. I can buy less per trip, and and make it part of my walking program.

I keep an eye out for sales on frozen veggies, and buy Freezer storage bags (Quart and Gallon). I can cook what I want and keep the unused portion frozen. I then wash the bags and they're good to go at least a couple more rounds.

My wife uses a "bar stool" that she can sit on in the Kitchen which puts her at the right level to cook when she wishes. I'm sorry Lakeshore480 is having such trouble.

You can cook in muffin tins for small servings, and there are baking books for using various cans for making small cakes and such. I've downloaded many recipes for that type of cooking but so far have not tried it.

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I know how you feel. That happens to me all the time. I get very frustrated when I have to through out food. I too have taken to buying frozen or canned. But it is not the same as fresh. I have very bad knees and I can't stand for very long. I used to love to cook and bake, but now I just can't stand long enough to do anything. Even doing dishes is a challenge. I have to wash up in steps, resting in-between.

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Same thing happens to me with fresh veggies so I try to buy frozen in my regular shopping then go back to store for the fresh when I need it but I live less than a mile from a major grocery store. I try menus but haven't got the hang of that either. Only cooking for one is hard like that for me.

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Veggies - I've been having the issue of buying too much & it goes bad before I can use it. I intend to prepare it & all, but just haven't gotten the hang of getting the right amount of things yet. Sometimes I'll buy ingredients for a specific dish & for some reason the menu had to change or our schedules changed so I'm again throwing things out. Am I the only one having this issue? Then again- I'd rather have more to select from than not have them & then eat things maybe that aren't in balance.

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